Private sector investments have produced an average economic growth of 5% in emerging countries since 2000. But what might seem a positive achievement is hiding an alarming reality: economic growth in southern countries is happening at a high price. When the resources available for investments are natural resources and governments give rights to land investors without consent from communities, who often do not even know their land has been granted to someone else, communities, governments and land investors are exposed to conflicts. But Southern countries have a choice for their path to economic growth: private sector’s growing role in development will only be beneficial if governments provide leadership and accountability on land investments.
The Green Belt Movement(GBM) is concluding a three-year project on Environment, Health and Population (EHP) inKenya. The project, which began in 2010, sought to promote community consciousness of the interrelation between the environment, health and population and sensitize the community on the various actions that they could take to reduce the threats of rapid population growth to the environment and people’s health.
Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, sister to the current King of Morocco, will visit Kenya as a guest of the UNEP Governing Council from18th to 22nd February, 2013.
The inspirational life and legacy of Wangari Maathai is being shared with the younger generation across Lo Barnechea Municipality in Chile. Working with children in disadvantaged schools, 'Tales for Trees' uses story-telling, music and ceremonial tree planting to share Wangari Maathai's passion for envrionmental conservation.
Today, Wanjira Mathai, Vice Chair of the Green Belt Movement and Project Leader of the Wangari Maathai Institute, joined outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a meeting at the State Department to discuss the global impact of public-private partnerships. One initiative discussed is an effort to advance women's clean energy entrepreneurship, a project that the Green Belt Movement has been engaged with for many years.
Strengthening Public Participation in Environment Management Training Workshop in Rabat, Morocco, 7-9th January, 2013
The workshop themed ‘Building Connections for Africa and the Middle East’ sought to share the key features and foundations of USEPA’s Public Participation guide, share best practices, challenges and strategies in engaging the public, whilst also providing the opportunity to participants to discuss different tools and techniques used throughout the region.
The Green Belt Movement Leads Field Excursion to the Aberdares for MyCOE/SERVIR East Africa Workshop Participants
On Saturday, December 15th the Green Belt Movement (GBM) trained 17 teams of university fellows and mentors totaling 45 participants from nine African countries in best practices for participatory conservation work with a local community and the application of mapping and GPS methods to plan, monitor and report progress of reforestation sites.
GBM's Peace Festival in Molo Town identifies children and youth as active contibutors to peace.
Tree planting event in Kandara Constituency with long-time supporters: Shaklee, Mainichi and the Kenya Defence Force.
Working to promote peace, reconciliation and environmental awareness in Kenya’s Rift Valley region.